an eco-friendly design label: how did it all begin?
Take Caire is a French-Egyptian eco-friendly design label promoting and editing home accessories and furniture in Egypt, promoting the handicraft sector. Our concept was imagined more than 10 years ago with a simple purpose: keep the talents of the Egyptian artisans alive by offering them a new image and therefore a new public!
our team of talented craftsmen and craftswomen:
TakeCaire is a team of women entrepreneurs: Sylvie, Emilie and Chloe, passionate about design.
Our creations are produced by hand, only from local materials and , whenever possible, recycled materials (glass, brass, reclaimed cotton fabric, paper) or natural materials (palm leaves)
Creating objects telling about human and artistic sharing /// TakeCaire is an Edition House of handmade design confounded by Sylvie Blanchet, interior designer and Emilie Kartsonas, architect and videographer /// TakeCaire was born through collaborative work between artisans of Old Cairo and young French design graduates from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris /// The project constantly explores different techniques and materials offering a range of objects; with each item telling the story of an encounter between two talents, two countries, two skillsets, an encounter between tradition and contemporary research. Our current collections include local materials such as copper, brass, blow glass, and turn wood, recycled cotton and paper…a fraction of the diversity of raw materials available in Egypt /// Design through craft ///
TakeCaire expands the possibilities offered by Egyptian artisanal knowhow through an innovative approach integrating design, in all its forms, Aesthetic being an end result of a collaborative work on the field in line with the artisans, their talent, the cultural and social context of their community /// A label for sustainable design /// TakeCaire is a label of quality concerned with producing handmade design, beautiful, durable, and beneficial to everyone /// Since 2015, TakeCaire has committed to the United Nations’ Egyptian Global Compact Network, whose mission is to support the private sector’s development of sustainable entrepreneurship. http://www.gcnetworkegypt.org/ Our work comes with a high regard to artisans who dedicate their skills to fabricate with their hands objects for TakeCaire. We bring environmental awareness through the use of recycled materials when possible. Each object is fabricated with local raw materials and by local talents, bearing in mind the empowerment of communities with which we work, men and women alike.
First workshop in Cairo December 2012
A PROJECT CONCEIVED AND COORDINATED BY Sylvie Blanchet
Interior Architect, Designer and a Cairo resident since 9 years.
COORDINATED AND DOCUMENTED BY Emilie Kartsonas,
Architect and Film Maker
DESIGNERS FROM ENSAD PARIS (Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs)
Nathanael Abeille / Samuel Aden /Julien Devaux / Léopold Lescop
ARTISANS FROM CAIRO KHAYAMEYA
Essam Ali / Ahmed and Mostafa Gomaa /Ekrami and Hossam Farouk / Ahmed Naguib / Hassan Kadry / Mohamed Gaber / Heba Saad and Mohamed Saad for support and finishing on Khayameya products.
COPPER : Mohamed Samir BLOWN GLASS : Hassan Hodhod
PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHS AND CATALOGUE GRAPHIC DESIGN